Democratic caucus set for Saturday in county

Published 9:02 am Friday, February 12, 2016

A local caucus is an event where the members of the party’s executive committee will be selected.
While the individuals selected for this committee will not be directly responsible for picking presidential candidates, they will be responsible for recruiting candidates for local and statewide elections.
Pearl River County Democratic Party Chair Agnes Dalton said that members of the committee certify candidates, run primaries and certify all elections.
Saturday, the Pearl River County Democratic Party will hold their caucus to select members of the executive committee, who recruit and certify party candidates, run primaries and certify elections.
Delegates and alternates will be selected to attend the Pearl River County Convention, set for March 12, where six men and six women will be selected from each of the county’s five districts to serve on the Pearl River County Executive Committee.
Those men and women also attend state conventions to elect delegates for the national convention to be held in Philadelphia. During that event, participants will select the next Democratic candidate for the November ballot and the electors who will become part of the Electoral College, Dalton said.
Dalton said the reason Mississippi does not participate in the presidential primaries is because the state law does not provide for a Super Tuesday.
Republicans will have their caucus later in the month.
Caucuses are held every four years, and anyone affiliated with the respective party is invited to participate.
Saturday’s Democratic Caucus will be held at each precinct in the county.

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